Ole Ohlendorff


Ole Ohlendorff, born in 1958 in Winsen an der Luhe (near Hamburg), lives and works in his hometown as a freelance artist. Since 1990, the art of painting has been reminiscent for him of an “Ariadne’s thread through the Labyrinth of longings” and, at the same time, has helped him to continually reassess his own biography. From 1975 to 1981, Ole was a police-officer in Hamburg, later he worked as a roadie, a dock worker, a cook, became a globetrotter… and since 1990 he has been a freelance artist. This true rollercoaster ride through life is as colorful as this artist’s repertoire.

Current and social issues have always been playing a part in the artist’s paintings. His artistic signature takes on surrealistic and symbolic traditions as well as the more stylistic representations of Pop Art. His paintings are as diverse as the artist himself: his personal dreams and experiences are reflected in his visual worlds, sometimes gloomy and apocalyptic - right down to the bottom of the soul - but then again enthusiastic and full of vitality.